Switzerland: Civil Liberties

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th April 2021.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Swiss counterpart on the vote in that country on 7 March 2021 to ban face coverings in public; and what steps he plans to take to encourage the Swiss Government to protect women's (a) freedom of expression and religion and (b) rights in that country.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

We note the outcome of the vote in Switzerland on 7 March in a referendum to ban face coverings in public. Ministers regularly speak to their Swiss counterparts on a broad range of issues.

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